One Former Spouse with No Existing Right to Occupy

Part of Clause 32 – in the House of Commons at 10:45 pm on 17th June 1996.

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Photo of Mrs Diana Maddock Mrs Diana Maddock , Christchurch 10:45 pm, 17th June 1996

I anticipated the Minister's reaction to the amendments and I maintain that the Government are wrong on this. They are encouraging men not to commit themselves to long-term relationships and denying help to women who are in long-term cohabiting relationships where men hold all the cards. If the amendments are not passed, the principle of men holding all the cards will be upheld. The Government's attitude is disappointing and I hope that many hon. Members will support the amendments.